COLUMBUS, OHIO – Statement From Becky Williams, President of SEIU/1199 in Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky & International Vice President of the SEIU, on the Death of Casey Goodson Jr.
“I am outraged by the constant attacks on people of color in our country. People of color cannot walk on our streets or be a part of society without the fear of being profiled, attacked, brutalized or murdered. It is horrific that we as a society are not bringing justice and equity to people that have been marginalized because of the color of their skin. It is heartbreaking to see another young black man go home in a body bag.”
“As the mother of a biracial daughter, the grandmother of a Black grandson, and as an organizational leader in a diverse Union, I know firsthand that racism is alive and well in our society and here in the great buckeye state.”
“Ohio should be a place where all people are able to succeed and live equally, with full equity. Yet, racism and discrimination are embedded into every fiber of our society, including our courts and policing, forcing people of color to continue to suffer due to racial inequities.”
“An impartial review of these events is the only way to understand what happened in regards to Casey Goodson Jr. and a full comprehensive analysis of inherent biases and racism throughout the system is our only hope of systemic change.”